BRISTOL, Conn. - Three Newberry College football players have been named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 College Division team, it was announced today. Offensive lineman Jonathan Dailey, quarterback Brandon Gantt and punter Todd Moon are all now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced in late November.
Jonathan Dailey is a senior offensive lineman from Clinton, S.C., with a 3.35 grade point average in chemistry, who has started in 32 career games. He has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for four seasons. In 2007, he was named second team all-South Atlantic Conference, and was elevated to preseason first team all-SAC in 2008.
Brandon Gantt is a junior quarterback from Lexington, S.C., with a 3.96 grade point average in education. He is a 2007 honoree to the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll. He has seen extended time at quarterback this season behind starter Eric McCollom. Gantt has completed 39-of-67 passes for 423 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season, while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Todd Moon is a junior punter from Anderson, S.C., with a 3.53 grade point average in nursing and biology. He is a 2006 and 2007 honoree to the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and has taken care of punting and kickoff duties this season. He has averaged 38.9 yards per punt, with four punts over 50 yards and 15 punts inside his opponents' 20 yardline. He has also averaged 56.9 yards per kickoff, with an opponents' average starting field position of their own 30 yardline.
Newberry's three student-athletes are the most from any South Atlantic Conference school on the football Academic All-District Three rolls this season. Wingate has two honorees, while Catawba and Mars Hill each have one. In District Four, Tusculum has a total of four honorees with two on the first team and two on the second team.
District III (college division) includes all non-NCAA Division I schools (Division II, III and NAIA) in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North and South Carolina. Student-athletes selected for Academic All-District honors must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. They must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). They must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.